Chelsea defender Ashley Cole believes Andre Villas-Boas will be a big success at Stamford Bridge despite being the same age as some of the first team squad.
Villas-Boas, who acted as the club’s opposition scout during the tenure of Jose Mourinho, made an impressive start to his managerial career at Academica and FC Porto before being invited to take over from Carlo Ancelotti by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Aged just 33, Villas-Boas is only a few months older than Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, although Cole does not think this will prove a problem.
Instead, Cole believes that Villas-Boas’ exploits in Portugal suggests he will be a big success at Chelsea and help the club re-establish the domestic dominance they showed under Mourinho.
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“Age is just a number, he has experience of being at Porto, a big club,” Cole told Sky Sports News.
“Hopefully he can bring that glory to Chelsea, but I don’t think the age thing is anything to worry about, I don’t think the players think about that. He is our manager now and we have to go out and fight for him.
“Whatever manager comes in we respect him, we are not kids, everyone thinks there are egos at Chelsea, but there aren’t and we have to make Chelsea the squad of a few years ago and win trophies.”
Villas-Boas’ first Premier League game as Chelsea manager will be against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on 13th August.
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